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Maria Moura, BSN, RN-BC, CBPN-IC, OCN, Breast Health Nurse Coordinator

As part of the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital, Maria Moura, BSN, RN-BC, CBPN-IC, OCN is a Breast Health Nurse Coordinator at the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at New Haven, Saint Raphael Campus. Maria is very involved with patient care from diagnosis with breast imaging guided biopsy to the different treatment modalities for breast cancer.

Maria supports Dr. Brigid Killelea, surgical oncologist, Dr. Andrea Silber, medical oncologist, and Dr. Lajos Pusztai, medical oncologist. She helps to coordinate patient treatment plans, provides education on each treatment modality and ensures everything is in place as far as referrals and appointments. She makes herself available to patients throughout the entire treatment process. Maria commented, "In working with the different specialties of breast cancer treatment I get to follow the same patient and see how they are doing during each treatment phase and I feel that patients benefit from having a familiar face during the treatment process. Thankfully the majority of patients with breast cancer do well, but it is still a very scary and difficult diagnosis for each patient and I am so grateful I am allowed to be with them at such a vulnerable time."

As part of the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program focusing on disparities, Maria will be working with Dr. Silber to educate and coordinate services for underserved women in the community and help establish a program to deal with socioeconomic issues. Women are made aware of the services that are available and how they can access them. Maria's main goal is providing the best care possible to patients every day. If there is a way that she can make the journey easier for patients, she does it. Maureen Major Campus, RN, MS, Program Manager for Women's Oncology Services at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven said, "Maria is extremely knowledgeable on breast disease and is vital to the care of our patients. She is a gracious team member and has taught us all about flexibility and problem solving. She is a strong member of our team and we are lucky to call her a colleague."

Dr. Pusztai commented, "Maria is always there for the patients to answer questions and uses her sound judgment to solve problems. She goes the extra mile without being asked. I think she embodies all values that Smilow stands for; caring, professionalism, collegiality and compassion. I am very fortunate to work with her in the clinic."